Archive for May 2013

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Study Link 8.10  MJ pages 289-290 Study Link 8.12 Unit 8 review   Unit 8 test
Writing  Revise/re-write second draft All fiction stories are due Monday, June 10.
Science(301)  (301) Investigation A (301) Investigation B Notebooks are due  
Reading  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Readers Choice Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Readers Choice Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Readers Choice  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Readers       Choice  Read for 60 minutes this weekend.

Parents,

Please remember that Curriculum Night for next year is this Wednesday, June 5 at 6 pm.  Come meet some of the 6th grade teachers and receive a summer work packet to prepare your child for the next grade level.

Weekly Overview:

Reader’s Workshop

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.1 Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 4–5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

Students will work independently in Reader’s Workshop to complete the Daily 5 tasks.   Students will meet in Guided Reading group this week  to discuss the reading and share reading assignment tasks with the group.  GR assignments are assignments that should be completed in class.  GR Books should not be transported home.

Reading Skill focus:  Reading Skill focus:  Reader’s Choice-  Students may self-select reading skills to work on nightly this week.  However, a different reading skill should be completed each night.

This week we will get back to reading a shared text, The Wright Three, and picking places in the story to practice various reading skills.

Writer’s Workshop-

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1–3 above.)

 

This week we will use our revisions to rewrite new drafts for our essays.  Students will peer edit each other’s work and make changes to their own work.  Students will be encouraged to” read to the class” for additional feedback.

Math-

  • CCSS.Math.Content.5.NF.A.1 Add and subtract fractions with unlike denominators (including mixed numbers) by replacing given fractions with equivalent fractions in such a way as to produce an equivalent sum or difference of fractions with like denominators.For example, 2/3 + 5/4 = 8/12 + 15/12 = 23/12. (In general, a/b + c/d = (ad + bc)/bd.)
  • CCSS.Math.Content.5.NF.B.4a Interpret the product (a/b) × q as a parts of a partition of qinto b equal parts; equivalently, as the result of a sequence of operations a × q ÷ bFor example, use a visual fraction model to show (2/3) × 4 = 8/3, and create a story context for this equation. Do the same with (2/3) × (4/5) = 8/15. (In general, (a/b) × (c/d) = ac/bd.)

 

The week we will continue Unit 8:  Fractions and Ratios.  We will continue finding unit fractions and unit percentages and we will pratice dividing fractions.  Lessons 8.10 and 8.12.  There will be a unit 8 test on Friday June 7.

 

Science- “Solar Energy”

SCIENCE FAIR UPDATE:  Finalists should prepare for their presentations to the 6th grade panel.  This will occur Friday June 7.  Sudent finalists should be ready to present their experiments to the judges.  these questions should be kept in mind:

1.  What was your purpose/hypothesis?  What variables are present?

2.  How did you explore your purpose and test your hypothesis?

3.  What did your data show?  Was your hypothesis correct or not?

4.  What conclusions can you make about your experiment?  What did you learn?  What would you do differently?

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.7 Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 4–5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

Room 301-

Investigation A:  Thermometers In Sun and Shade- Students will become familiar with reading a thermometer, measuring and comparing temperatures in the sun and shade.

Investigation B:  Testing Soil Temperatures-  Students will conduct experiments to determine how energy is transferred and preserved in various types of soil compositions

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math  Study Link 8.8 MJ pages 278-279 Study Link 8.9   MJ page 281
Writing Work on Revising Fiction story  Work on Revising Fiction story  Work on Revising Fiction story (Show, Don’t Tell) on loose-leaf paper to hand in. All Revisions due Monday. Work on adding more detail to your story and prepare for re-write next week.
Science  N/A N/A  N/A N/A  
Reading Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Readers Choice Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Readers Choice  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Readers       Choice  Read for 60 minutes this weekend.

Happy Memorial Day!

 

I hope you enjoyed the extra long weekend.  Here is what’s happening in Room 304 this week…

Weekly Overview:

Reader’s Workshop

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.1 Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 4–5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

Students will work independently in Reader’s Workshop to complete the Daily 5 tasks.   Students will meet in Guided Reading group this week  to discuss the reading and share reading assignment tasks with the group.  GR assignments are assignments that should be completed in class.  GR Books should not be transported home.

Reading Skill focus:  Reading Skill focus:  Reader’s Choice-  Students may self-select reading skills to work on nightly this week.  However, a different reading skill should be completed each night.

This week we will get back to reading a shared text, The Wright Three, and picking places in the story to practice various reading skills.

Writer’s Workshop-

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1–3 above.)

 

This week we will begin revising fiction stories, focusing on these revision skills:  Show, Don’t Tell, Description, and Dialogue.

Math-

  • CCSS.Math.Content.5.NF.A.1 Add and subtract fractions with unlike denominators (including mixed numbers) by replacing given fractions with equivalent fractions in such a way as to produce an equivalent sum or difference of fractions with like denominators.For example, 2/3 + 5/4 = 8/12 + 15/12 = 23/12. (In general, a/b + c/d = (ad + bc)/bd.)
  • CCSS.Math.Content.5.NF.B.4a Interpret the product (a/b) × q as a parts of a partition of qinto b equal parts; equivalently, as the result of a sequence of operations a × q ÷ bFor example, use a visual fraction model to show (2/3) × 4 = 8/3, and create a story context for this equation. Do the same with (2/3) × (4/5) = 8/15. (In general, (a/b) × (c/d) = ac/bd.)

 

The week we will continue Unit 8:  Fractions and Ratios.  We will continue multiplying Mixed Numbers.  We will also find percentages of whole numbers using fraction multiplication and we will practice dividing fractions and mixed numbers.  Lessons 8.9-8.10 will be covered.

 

Science- “Solar Energy”

SCIENCE FAIR UPDATE:  Finalists should prepare for their presentations to the 6th grade panel.  This will occur the first week of June, with a first, second, and third place winner.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.7 Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 4–5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

Room 301-

Investigation A:  Thermometers In Sun and Shade- Students will become familiar with reading a thermometer, measuring and comparing temperatures in the sun and shade.

Investigation B:  Testing Soil Temperatures-  Students will conduct experiments to determine how energy is transferred and preserved in various types of soil compositions.

 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math MJ pages 270-271  Study Link 8.7  MJ pages 274-275  Study Link 8.8
Writing  Complete 1 Show, Don’t Tell in your Writer’s notebook. Work on Drafting Fiction story Work on Drafting Fiction story  Work on Drafting Fiction story  Work on Drafting Fiction story Work on Drafting Fiction story
Science(302)  (302) Presentations  (302 )Presentations (302) Investigation A  (302) Investigation A  
Reading Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Readers Choice Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Readers Choice Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Readers Choice  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and   make one Thinkmark:  Readers       Choice  Read for 60 minutes this weekend.

Dear Parents,

Well, last week was NOT a regular week of school :).  But is there ever a regular week???!!

This week students will begin their final constructions of their house models for the Robie House project.  We plan on having a reception so students can see each others’ model homes.  I will give you more details when they are available.

Here is this week’s Weekly Overview:

Reader’s Workshop

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.1 Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 4–5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

Students will work independently in Reader’s Workshop to complete the Daily 5 tasks.   Students will meet in Guided Reading group this week  to discuss the reading and share reading assignment tasks with the group.  GR assignments are assignments that should be completed in class.  GR Books should not be transported home.

Reading Skill focus:  Reading Skill focus:  Reader’s Choice-  Students may self-select reading skills to work on nightly this week.  However, a different reading skill should be completed each night.

This week we will continue reading a shared text, The Wright Three, and picking places in the story to practice various reading skills.

Writer’s Workshop-

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1–3 above.)

 

This week we will begin drafting fiction stories, focusing on writing great Grabber Leads and developing the background for our story introductions/beginnings.

Math-

  • CCSS.Math.Content.5.NF.A.1 Add and subtract fractions with unlike denominators (including mixed numbers) by replacing given fractions with equivalent fractions in such a way as to produce an equivalent sum or difference of fractions with like denominators.For example, 2/3 + 5/4 = 8/12 + 15/12 = 23/12. (In general, a/b + c/d = (ad + bc)/bd.)
  • CCSS.Math.Content.5.NF.B.4a Interpret the product (a/b) × q as a parts of a partition of q into b equal parts; equivalently, as the result of a sequence of operations a × q ÷ b. For example, use a visual fraction model to show (2/3) × 4 = 8/3, and create a story context for this equation. Do the same with (2/3) × (4/5) = 8/15. (In general, (a/b) × (c/d) = ac/bd.)

 

The week we will continue Unit 8:  Fractions and Ratios.  We will continue multiplying fractions. We will also multiply Mixed Numbers.   Lessons 8.7-8.8.

 

Science- “Solar Energy”

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.7 Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 4–5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

 

Room 302-Science Fair presentations will be finished this week until they are complete.  Then, if time permits we will begin our new unit:  ”Solar Energy”

Investigation A:  Thermometers In Sun and Shade- Students will become familiar with reading a thermometer, measuring and comparing temperatures in the sun and shade.

 

 

Please contact me with any questions or concerns.  My email address is agkrecik@cps.edu

 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math MJ page 261, 263  Study Link 8.5  MJ pages 266-267 Study Link 8.6
Writing  Develop Character Sketches Develop Character Sketches  Choose Point of View/Theme Begin writing fiction draft.
Science(304)  (304) Investigation A  (MUSIC)  
Reading Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Readers Choice Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Readers Choice Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Readers Choice  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and   make one Thinkmark:  Readers       Choice  Read for 60 minutes this weekend.

Dear Parents,

As far as I know, this is a regular week of school 🙂

 

 Here is the Weekly Overview:

Reader’s Workshop

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.1 Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 4–5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

Students will work independently in Reader’s Workshop to complete the Daily 5 tasks.   Students will meet in Guided Reading group this week  to discuss the reading and share reading assignment tasks with the group.  GR assignments are assignments that should be completed in class.  GR Books should not be transported home.

Reading Skill focus:  Reading Skill focus:  Reader’s Choice-  Students may self-select reading skills to work on nightly this week.  However, a different reading skill should be completed each night.

This week we will continue reading a shared text, The Wright Three, and picking places in the story to practice various reading skills.

Writer’s Workshop-

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1–3 above.)

 

This week we will develop our character sketches for the main character (protagonist) and villian (antagonist), and develop narrator’s voice and setting.  If time permits, we will begin slowly writing the beginnings of our stories.

Math-

  • CCSS.Math.Content.5.NF.A.1 Add and subtract fractions with unlike denominators (including mixed numbers) by replacing given fractions with equivalent fractions in such a way as to produce an equivalent sum or difference of fractions with like denominators.For example, 2/3 + 5/4 = 8/12 + 15/12 = 23/12. (In general, a/b + c/d = (ad + bc)/bd.)
  • CCSS.Math.Content.5.NF.B.4a Interpret the product (a/b) × q as a parts of a partition of q into b equal parts; equivalently, as the result of a sequence of operations a × q ÷ b. For example, use a visual fraction model to show (2/3) × 4 = 8/3, and create a story context for this equation. Do the same with (2/3) × (4/5) = 8/15. (In general, (a/b) × (c/d) = ac/bd.)

 

The week we will continue Unit 8:  Fractions and Ratios.  We will continue work on  addition/subtraction of mixed numbers.  In addition, we will find fractions of wholes and fractions of fractions.  Then, we will begin multiplying fractions.  Lessons 8.5-8.7 will be covered, and we may even get to the beginnings of 8.8.

 

Science- “Solar Energy”

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.7 Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 4–5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

 

Room 302-Science Fair presentations will be given again this week until they are complete.  Then, if time permits we will begin our new unit:  ”Solar Energy”

 

Students will become familiar with reading a thermometer, measuring and comparing temperatures in the sun and shade.  Then, students will set up an investigation to find out what happens when the Sun shines on four earth materials.  They will monitor temps and organize and analyze the data on a chart.

Intro to unit/Investigation A:  Thermometers In Sun and Shade

Investigation B:   Heating Earth Materials

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Math Mixed Numbers practice worksheet  Study Link 8.3  Study Link 8.4  Fraction Worksheet  MJ pages 258
Writing Complete Story Map  Work on 2 Character Sketches (minimum)
Science(302)  (301)Science Fair presentations  (302)Science Fair presentations  (302)Science Fair presentations  
Reading Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Drawing Conclusions Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Drawing Conclusions Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Drawing Conclusions  Read for a minimum of 30 minutes and make one Thinkmark:  Drawing Conclusions  Read for 60 minutes this weekend.

Dear Parents,

  • This week is the Scholastic Book Fair.  We will go on Monday to browse books.  Students may return Tuesday to purchase books.
  • Wednesday is a half-day of school.  Students will be dismissed at 12:15.
  • Thank you Skylar and Lee’s mom for stepping in last minute to chaperone for the Robie House.
  • This week, we will begin out construction projects with the Frank Lloyd Wright director, Ms. Hutchison.

 Here is the Weekly Overview:

Reader’s Workshop

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.1 Quote accurately from a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.5.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend literature, including stories, dramas, and poetry, at the high end of the grades 4–5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

Students will work independently in Reader’s Workshop to complete the Daily 5 tasks.   Students will meet in Guided Reading group this week  to discuss the reading and share reading assignment tasks with the group.  GR assignments are assignments that should be completed in class.  GR Books should not be transported home.

Reading Skill focus:  Reading Skill focus:  Drawing Conclusions-  Students will locate places to draw conclusions as they are reading nightly.  When drawing conclusions, students should locate information from the text, as well as their own knowledge to determine a conclusion.  This information should be written, shorthand, on Thinkmarks.

This week we will continue reading a shared text, The Wright Three, and picking places in the story to practice vocabulary and draw conclusions.

Writer’s Workshop-

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.3 Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.W.5.4 Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development and organization are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. (Grade-specific expectations for writing types are defined in standards 1–3 above.)

 

This week we will begin planning for creative narratives based on the “Exquisite Corpses” students drew last week in groups.  This week, they will choose a seed story to develop and genre to stick with.  Then, they will create Story Maps for their stories, develop character sketches for the main character, and develop setting and conflict/resolution.

Math-

  • CCSS.Math.Content.5.NF.A.1 Add and subtract fractions with unlike denominators (including mixed numbers) by replacing given fractions with equivalent fractions in such a way as to produce an equivalent sum or difference of fractions with like denominators.For example, 2/3 + 5/4 = 8/12 + 15/12 = 23/12. (In general, a/b + c/d = (ad + bc)/bd.)
  • CCSS.Math.Content.5.NF.A.2 Solve word problems involving addition and subtraction of fractions referring to the same whole, including cases of unlike denominators, e.g., by using visual fraction models or equations to represent the problem. Use benchmark fractions and number sense of fractions to estimate mentally and assess the reasonableness of answers. For example, recognize an incorrect result 2/5 + 1/2 = 3/7, by observing that 3/7 < 1/2.

 

The week we will continue Unit 8:  Fractions and Ratios.  We willwork on  subtraction of mixed numbers, using calculators to add/subtract mixed numbers, and find fractions of fractions.  Lessons will cover 8.3-8.5

 

Science- “Solar Energy”

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.W.7 Conduct short as well as more sustained research projects based on focused questions, demonstrating understanding of the subject under investigation.
  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.10 By the end of the year, read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grades 4–5 text complexity band independently and proficiently.

 

Room 302-Science Fair presentations will be given this week until they are complete.  Then, if time permits we will begin our new unit:  “Solar Energy”

 

Students will become familiar with reading a thermometer, measuring and comparing temperatures in the sun and shade.  Then, students will set up an investigation to find out what happens when the Sun shines on four earth materials.  They will monitor temps and organize and analyze the data on a chart.

Intro to unit/Investigation A:  Thermometers In Sun and Shade

Investigation B:   Heating Earth Materials